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University to convert major Rindge Campus buildings to renewable energy heat

January 19, 2009

The Bubble
The University's indoor athletics complex, known as "The Bubble," along with student residences in Granite, New Hampshire and Mount Washington Halls, will be converted to wood pellet heating systems this year.

RINDGE, NH - Franklin Pierce University has contracted with International WoodFuels LLC of Portland, Maine to provide wood pellet heating systems for several major buildings on the Rindge Campus this year as part of the institution's commitment to environmental sustainability and energy efficiency, University President George J. Hagerty announced this week.

The conversion from oil-burning to wood pellet boilers is expected to be completed this year for Granite Hall and the Northfields Activity Center. The new heating systems will serve student residences in Granite, New Hampshire and Mount Washington Halls, as well as the entire Northfields airframe structure known on campus as "The Bubble."

"There are several advantages to heating a portion of our campus with biomass such as wood pellets," President Hagerty said. "The first advantage is cost savings and the ability to more accurately project energy costs. Another important benefit is that wood pellets are a community-based, local and renewable resource. That is important as Franklin Pierce continues to take steps to reduce its fossil fuel consumption and carbon footprint."

Fuel is renewable and locally-harvested

The service offered by International WoodFuels LLC is revolutionary within the rapidly emerging wood pellet industry. As an alternative to selling wood pellets, or wood pellet boilers, WoodFuels provides all of the equipment (their Green Energy System) at no capital cost, and invoices its customers only for the metered heat they use, much in the same manner that customers purchase electricity. WoodFuels offers a fully integrated, sustainable energy solution which uses a renewable, locally-harvested resource.

"We are very pleased to partner with Franklin Pierce University, as we believe our energy program is ideally suited for educational institutions seeking to lower energy costs while reducing their impact on the environment," said WoodFuels President Steven Mueller. "By virtue of the fact that we manufacture our pellets from whole logs, derived from wood sources that adhere to sustainable forestry practices, and we deliver our pellets within a day's trucking service territory, our Green Energy solution ensures a low carbon footprint for the entire supply and conveyance process."

The University's commitment to Green Energy heating systems will be a significant step in the move towards climate neutrality, said Dr. Catherine Owen Koning, Professor of Environmental Science at Franklin Pierce. "While burning any form of wood does release carbon dioxide, the dense and healthy forests of New Hampshire take in this carbon dioxide," she said. "So as long as the forests re-grow as fast as they are cut and burned, this form of heating is sustainable and adds no net carbon to the atmosphere."

University to derive long-term energy cost savings

The new heating systems are also expected to provide the University with long term cost savings, both in the purchase of energy and in maintaining existing oil furnaces. "Our current boilers will initially serve as back-up units, but the switch to a wood pellet system means that we won't need to focus on upgrades and repairs to older equipment," said University Vice President and Athletic Director Bruce Kirsh.

Kirsh said that the University will move forward with converting other campus buildings to more-efficient and environmentally-friendly heating sources as capital budgets and technology permits.

Director of Facilities Doug Lear said that the University continues to follow a strategic long term plan to reduce consumption of fossil fuels in favor of biomass where appropriate. In the past year, the University's diesel vehicles have started running on a blend of 20% biodiesel. The vehicles include one of the campus shuttle buses as well as the trucks and heavy equipment operated by the Facilities Department.

Heating conversion part of Franklin Pierce's "Climate Commitment"

All of these efforts are part of the University's broader initiative to eventually become "carbon neutral." In 2007, President Hagerty signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment along with 500 other institution presidents. A Sustainability Council, composed of faculty, staff and students, was created to lead Franklin Pierce's efforts. Since then, administrators, faculty and staff have begun an inventory of the University's greenhouse gas emissions and have taken steps to reduce cafeteria waste and encourage recycling.

Ongoing work toward sustainability includes replacing old appliances with more efficient "Energy Star" models, protecting 46 acres of University property with a conservation easement, and the 2005 completion of a campus-wide environmental assessment, which was recognized by the National Wildlife Federation's Campus Ecology program.

"The energy and enthusiasm on campus have been fabulous," Professor Owen Koning said. "Lots of students, faculty and staff have expressed interest and taken action to protect the environment. I think people are starting to realize that we are facing a serious problem with global climate change, species extinctions and habitat loss. And everyone is rolling up their sleeves and getting to work to try to save us from ourselves."

Read news coverage in the Monadnock Ledger Transcript.




Fitzwater Center recognized by New England Board of Higher Education

January 16, 2009

Students at the DNC in Denver
Teams of students reported on the 2008 Democratic and Republican national conventions for Franklin Pierce University and mainstream media. Through the Marlin Fitzwater Center at Franklin Pierce, students representing a variety of majors have served alongside national media as reporters, producers, pollsters and pundits. These efforts were recently recognized by the New England Board of Higher Education.

RINDGE, NH - Franklin Pierce University's Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication has been recognized by the New England Board of Higher Education for successfully preparing students to succeed as journalists, critical thinkers, and contributors to a healthy democracy.

The Fitzwater Center was chosen, specifically, to receive the 2009 New Hampshire State Merit Award in the New England Board of Higher Education's annual Excellence Awards program. The award will be presented at a March 6 ceremony in Boston.

The Fitzwater Center at Franklin Pierce University was established in 2002 as an academic institute dedicated to preparing young men and women with the intellect and character that equips them to be politically-engaged Leaders of Conscience in their studies and professions. The Fitzwater Center was named for its primary benefactor, Marlin Fitzwater who stands alone as the only White House press secretary to have been appointed by two presidents (Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush). Fitzwater also serves on the University's Board of Trustees.

Since its founding, The Fitzwater Center has gained a national reputation for the caliber of student journalists who hone their skills through its hands-on learning and mentoring programs. During the 2008 presidential campaign, The Fitzwater Center provided students with a front-row seat to some of the most significant political events in recent history.

Student journalists worked alongside national correspondents and news producers during the June 2007 Presidential Debates in Manchester, New Hampshire and the state Primary. In the months leading to the Primary, students helped generate a series of Franklin Pierce University / WBZ-TV political polls which were quoted by media across the country.

On Primary Day, students' video coverage of the candidates' local campaigns and voter reaction helped The Fitzwater Center's YouTube channel gain a Top 100 world viewership ranking.

This past summer, teams of student reporters attended the Democratic and Republican National Conventions where they interviewed national political figures and media pundits, then filed reports for Franklin Pierce University media as well as WMUR-TV and the Union Leader newspaper. Students earned the distinction of being WMUR's "top bloggers" during the party conventions.

For Election Day, Franklin Pierce students were selected to work with Dan Rather Reports to provide video footage from the Granite State. The news magazine chose one college from each of the nation's critical "swing states" for its special election coverage.

In its selection for the New England Board of Higher Education 2009 State Merit Award, The Fitzwater Center was recognized for these accomplishments and for its broader contributions to New England higher education which include

  • Attracting leaders of national prominence to the University campus and to Central New England where students, faculty and community residents have opportunities to engage them in robust dialog and public policy discussions,
  • Graduating the next generation of media practitioners who bring both technical proficiency and ethical standards to the industry,
  • Preparing the next generation for college and beyond by collaborating with high schools and hosting events for pre-college students, and by helping these young people find their voice in the public square,
  • Showcasing the quality of New England higher education to people of influence across the nation.

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) is a professional association that works across the six New England states to promote greater educational opportunities and services for the region' s residents through leadership, advocacy, and by fostering collaboration among educators and institutions.




Franklin Pierce Director of Nursing Programs receives 2008 Leadership Award from New Hampshire Organization of Nurses

December 16, 2008

Nurse Leader Award
Dr. Roberta Vitale-Nolen, from the New Hampshire Organization of Nurse Leaders, presents the 2008 Leadership Award to Judith Evans.

RINDGE, NH - The New Hampshire Organization of Nurses has selected Judith Evans, Director of Nursing Education at Franklin Pierce University, to receive the 2008 Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership. The annual award is given to a leader in the New Hampshire nursing profession who demonstrates outstanding achievement in nursing advocacy, innovation and practice.

Judith Evans, Ed.D., RN, joined Franklin Pierce University in 2007 as founding director of the University's nursing programs. She was instrumental in launching Franklin Pierce's RN-to-BS program to permit registered nurses with an Associate's Degree to earn their Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing within two years.

The program currently enrolls 68 students at the University's Concord, Lebanon and Portsmouth centers. The University recently approved a Master of Science in Nursing program that will begin in Fall 2009.

"I am grateful for this recognition and for the value that the New Hampshire Organization of Nurses places on strengthening and growing the profession," Evans said. "There's a critical shortage - in New Hampshire and across the country - of nurses and registered nurses in particular. It's been shown that the quality of patient care is higher at hospitals and in communities with higher numbers of skilled nurses. I am glad to be working with my colleagues toward this important goal."

Evans was praised by her colleagues for being a true "Leader of Conscience" whose work ethic, inspiration, and passion for nursing make her an asset to Franklin Pierce University and the New Hampshire nursing community.

"Judy is the consummate leader, not only in nursing but as an inspirational mentor in education and advocacy, said Donna Pelletier, MS, Assistant Professor in the University's nursing program. "Her ability to create honest and open communication has allowed her to build partnerships within the Franklin Pierce, state, regional and national nursing education communities. Her social intelligence and critical thinking attributes are to be admired. And she is genuinely a nice person!"

Dr. Jane Walter Venzke, Dean of Franklin Pierce University's College of Graduate and Professional Studies, credited Evans with creating a culture of excellence and enthusiasm in the nursing program and beyond. "Judy has brought a wonderful staff, faculty and students to our college and has been an outstanding leader in our university," Venzke said. "Her humanitarian projects are an inspiration to us all."

While advocating for the nursing profession and developing new programs at Franklin Pierce, Evans has continued her community involvement as an active member in numerous nursing and human service organizations throughout the state and around the world.

She has traveled twice to Tanzania, Africa with a group that helps fund education for impoverished children. In 2007, Evans traveled to Croatia with "Voices from the Heart," a singing group that raises money to clear the county of minefields. She also volunteers regularly at a local soup kitchen through her church.

Over the course of her career, Evans has functioned in many different nursing roles including clinical practice, staff development, hospital administration, and academics. She served as Assistant Director of the New Hampshire Board of Nursing for several years, is an active member of the New Hampshire Organization of Nurse Leaders, and has worked with the New Hampshire Nursing Workforce Center to identify solutions for New Hampshire to address the current nursing shortage.

In addition to receiving the 2008 Award for Excellence in Nursing Leadership, Evans received the first annual Mentor Award from the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society in Nursing, Eta Iota Chapter, in 1999, and the New Hampshire Nurse of the Year Award from the New Hampshire Nurses Association in 2005.




Holiday concerts include traditional Messiah performance and Lachrimae's music and dance of the Renaissance  

35th Annual Performance of Messiah at Franklin Pierce Set for December 6 

Professor David Brandes
David Brandes, Professor of Music at Franklin Pierce University, has conducted the annual Messiah performance since its inception at Franklin Pierce.

RINDGE, NH - This year will mark the 35th Annual Franklin Pierce University "Messiah" celebration. The performance, involving a choir of nearly 300 volunteers and professional singers, is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 6 and will be conducted on the University campus by Professor David Brandes.

The commitment to participate in the choir involves one day of activities on Dec. 6 as follows:

12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Registration in the Field House

1 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Rehearsal with piano
Sopranos in Pierce Hall, Campus Center
Altos in Hampshire Room, Campus Center
Tenors/Bass in Cheney Hall

3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. Break and refreshments in the Field House

4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Rehearsal with orchestra

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dinner on your own or in the University cafeteria

8 p.m. Performance in the Field House

This will be an enjoyable time to socialize with friends, meet new people and perform for an audience. Scores are available at the Franklin Pierce University Bookstore for $7.95. Please call the University Bookstore at 603.899.4093 to order or reserve a copy for pickup on Dec. 6. Supply is limited.

If you are interested in singing at this year's performance, please e-mail indicating if you are a soprano, alto, tenor or bass. 

Lachrimae involves a group of students, in period costume, performing holiday-themed music and dance from the Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Lachrimae to Perform Music and Dance of the Middle Ages and Renaissance

Lachrimae, a small, select music group of Franklin Pierce University students, will be performing, in period costume, the music and dance of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The program this year is entitled A Renaissance Christmas. It features mostly seasonal music from England, Germany, France and Spain. Along with the vocal music, members also perform on recorders, harpsichord and percussion of the time.

The performance dates and locations are as follows:

Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough

Sunday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Rindge

Monday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. in Cheney Hall on the campus of Franklin Pierce University

Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Hancock

Most performances are free. Please check with the venue for cost/donation suggestions.




Temple Grandin '70, autism expert and livestock welfare pioneer, to be subject of HBO film 

November 4, 2008

Temple Grandin
Temple Grandin and her latest book, which tackles the practical issues of autism and equips parents and teachers of autistic children, and individuals on the autism spectrum, to overcome challenges they face daily and reach their potential.

RINDGE, NH - Franklin Pierce alumna Temple Grandin '70 is the subject of a semi-autobiographical HBO movie that will show how she overcame the limits associated with autism to become one of the world's foremost experts in autism studies and livestock welfare.

Filming began in August on the still untitled film which stars Claire Danes as Dr. Grandin. It is scheduled for release in 2009. The scenes depicting Grandin's college years were shot last summer on the campus of Southwestern University in Texas.

Grandin returned to Franklin Pierce University in October for Alumni and Reunion Weekend, where she received the University's Leader of Conscience Award for her contributions to the field of neuroscience and animal welfare. Watch for a story in the spring issue of Pierce Radius on Grandin, her current projects, and how Franklin Pierce prepared her for a career combining the sciences with concern for society's treatment of animals

Today Grandin is a designer of livestock handling facilities and a Professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University. She has designed and consulted on facilities around the world that ease the stress and pain of livestock destined for meat plants.

In 2004, Grandin was honored by People for the Ethical Treatments of Animals (PETA) for her work. She was cited as a "visionary...whose improvements to animal-handling systems found in slaughterhouses have decreased the amount of fear and pain that animals experience in their final hours, and she is widely considered the world's leading expert on the welfare of cattle and pigs."

Filming at Southwestern University
An actress gets prepared for her role during shooting of the Temple Grandin movie. Scenes depicting Grandin's college years were filmed last August at Southwestern University in Texas.

She obtained her B.A. in Psychology at Franklin Pierce College and her M.S. in Animal Science at Arizona State University. Dr. Grandin received her Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989. Today she teaches courses on livestock behavior and facility design at Colorado State University and consults with the livestock industry on facility design, livestock handling, and animal welfare.

Grandin has appeared on television shows such as 20/20, 48 Hours, CNN, Larry King Live, PrimeTime Live, the Today Show, and many programs in other countries. She has been featured in People
, the New York Times, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, and Discover magazine.

She has also authored over 300 articles in both scientific journals and livestock periodicals on animal handling, welfare, and facility design. She is the author of "Thinking in Pictures", "Livestock Handling and Transport," and "Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals." Her book "Animals in Translation" was a New York Times best seller.

Learn more about Temple Grandin at her web site.
View a photo gallery of the HBO filming at Southwestern University.




Students to provide Election Day coverage to national cable program, local TV

October 21, 2008

Students prepare for Election Day political coverageRINDGE, NH - Franklin Pierce student reporters, bloggers, analysts and other members of the Pierce Media Group's news production team have been invited to partner with mainstream media to provide up-to-the-minute coverage of the presidential election and capture the voice of young voters in New Hampshire.

Students will be working with Dan Rather Reports to provide video footage from Election Day in the Granite State. The news magazine selected one college from each of the nation's critical "swing states" for the special election project. Dan Rather Reports is the creation of the former CBS Evening News anchor and is broadcast to four million satellite and cable homes.

Steven Dodrill, a Franklin Pierce senior from Hanson, Mass. will head the Dan Rather Reportsnews team. Dr. Kristen Nevious, Director of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce, will put out an audition call for the rest of the team.

At the same time, a pair of students was selected by WMUR-TV as "top bloggers" for their coverage of this summer's national political conventions for the ABC affiliate in Manchester. A.J. Kierstead, a junior from China, Maine, and Derek Gorman, a senior from Brockton, Mass., were asked to continue to blog for WMUR's web site through the election. They will also create video news packages describing the political pulse on campus.

In a busy election season, Franklin Pierce students continue to win praise for their reporting and news production skills. Their coverage of the Presidential Election began with the candidates' debates in Manchester in June 2007. In early 2008, a team of students traveled to Iowa to cover the state caucuses. They returned to New Hampshire to report on its First-in-the-Nation primary. Students received press passes as fully-credentialed media and their news stories were reported for campus media and mainstream outlets.  

Most recently, the Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce hosted a pair of key congressional debates that will help shape the race for New Hampshire's 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts. The debates were co-sponsored by the University's Fitzwater Center, New Hampshire Public Television, New Hampshire Public Radio, New England Cable News and

"In a vitally important political season, our students continue to gain valuable media experience alongside seasoned professionals, Dr. Nevious said. "They are also finding their political voice and learning how to participate constructively in the robust dialog that is essential to a healthy democracy."

Video clips and post-election analysis will be posted to and to the Fitzwater Center's branded YouTube channel,




Franklin Pierce expands M.B.A. Program to Ukraine, earns Governor's Export Award 

October 20, 2008

Luhansk, Ukraine billboard promoting Franklin Pierce M.B.A.KEENE, NH - Franklin Pierce University received the Governor's Export Achievement Award for its partnership with a Ukrainian university that is offering a growing number of international students an English Conversation Institute and M.B.A. program in a region that had lacked opportunities for graduate-level business training.

The award was presented by state Sen. Molly Kelly at an international trade seminar October 9 at Keene State College organized by the New Hampshire International Trade Resource Center (IRTC) and the state Small Business Development Center.

Franklin Pierce University joined Luhansk National Pedagogical University in Ukraine in 2006 to create an Accelerated English Conversation Institute and online M.B.A. program. The partnership resulted from an exploratory visit several months earlier by a New Hampshire trade delegation that included Franklin Pierce President George J. Hagerty and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives Raymond Van der Riet. The goal for the University was to find a Ukrainian partner to become part of an emerging central and eastern European network of academic partnerships.

"Franklin Pierce would like to be part of the education system that emerges as eastern and southeastern European countries grow closer to European Union membership and integration," President Hagerty said. "At the same time, Luhansk University wanted the opportunity to partner with an American university with a quality, accredited MBA program. This partnership is giving both of our institutions the ability and opportunity to make a significant difference in international higher education."

The Governor's Award specifically mentioned Franklin Pierce's innovative M.B.A. program that combines online distance education with local instruction, and combines U.S. faculty with faculty in Ukraine who have been trained by Franklin Pierce instructors. The commendation also noted that the partnership has allowed several M.B.A. candidates from Luhansk University to travel to New Hampshire and meet with Granite State business leaders.

So far, 88 students have graduated from three English Conversation Institutes conducted on site by Franklin Pierce. A fourth is planned for summer 2009. The pilot phase of the MBA program enrolled its first three students in March 2007. An additional 12 students joined this pilot group in September 2007, and another 43 students began the program in September 2008.

Franklin Pierce and Luhansk University faculty worked closely together in the development and customization of the MBA program for the Ukraine market. The goal was to develop a quality accredited international MBA for Ukraine. Most of the collaboration took place through the Franklin Pierce online learning management system.

Franklin Pierce administrators and faculty have made several trips to Luhansk University for faculty training and planning. Luhansk University delegations have also visited Franklin Pierce University on several occasions. These visits have further strengthened the Franklin Pierce-Luhansk University partnership.

Earlier this year, the academic collaboration received additional support from the U.S. State Department and USAID, which provided two years of funding for a total of $400,000.

In March 2007, President Hagerty received an Honorary Degree in recognition of his efforts to enhance Ukrainian education. Franklin Pierce reciprocated this honor in May 2008 by conferred an Honorary Degree on the president of Luhansk University, Dr. Vitaliy Kurylo. The two institutions continue to explore other areas of cooperation, including possible faculty and student exchange options.

The Governor's Export Achievement Award commended Franklin Pierce University for successfully navigating a foreign market and exporting a New Hampshire-based higher education program with international relevance. The award also noted that Franklin Pierce has recently expanded its signature study abroad programs to include Vienna, Austria; Athens, Greece and Lyon, France.

"We are honored by this award and particularly pleased by the governor's recognition that higher education is a valuable service that can meet global needs in the same way that tangible products can be successfully exported," said President Hagerty. "Each time I visit our Ukrainian university partner, I am gratified that students there are gaining the skills to become productive and ethical business leaders who will make their own contributions to the global marketplace."

Learn more about the M.B.A. programat Franklin Pierce University.





October 16, 2008

Petrocelli HallRINDGE, NH - Franklin Pierce University dedicated its new academic building on October 16, with a tribute to the alumni family who made it possible and a tour of the three-story structure that offers a dynamic learning environment and technology-rich meeting space for use by the University and the community.

"Petrocelli Hall makes a strong statement that we are committed to advancing a culture of academic excellence and raising our visibility as a superior liberal arts university," University President George J. Hagerty said during a short ceremony that preceded the formal ribbon-cutting. "We are deeply grateful to Attilio and Beverly Petrocelli for the generosity that made this building possible."

Three generations of the Petrocelli family traveled from Long Island for the dedication of the $4.5 million, 23,000-square-foot brick building that will be their namesake for generations to come. Both of Attilio and Beverly Petrocelli's daughters attended Franklin Pierce, where they also met their husbands.

"Franklin Pierce University means a great deal to me and my family," Attilio told guests at the dedication. "My daughters and sons-in-laws still have friends from their time at Franklin Pierce. This is a great place and I humbled and proud to be associated with Franklin Pierce."

The University broke ground for Petrocelli Hall in June 2007. It was completed ahead of schedule this past summer. Construction was made possible by a $1 million gift from the Petrocellis, marking the single largest alumni donation to Franklin Pierce. The balance of funding came from $2 million in bonds and $1.5 million in private donations.

The building houses the arts, humanities and social science departments at Franklin Pierce. It contains classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, meeting rooms, a Mac computer lab, and digital photo and print labs. Faculty began moving into their new offices in August, and classrooms opened for the start of the fall semester.

Bailey Gaffney, a Franklin Pierce junior from Richmond, Virginia, said that students are already enjoying significant benefits from the new building. "We now have one-stop shopping for attending class and meeting outside of class with faculty and advisors," she said, adding that "Petrocelli Hall has the comfiest seats and most-spacious classrooms on campus."

Dr. Gerald Burns, Professor of English, said faculty are particularly excited about the Monadnock Room, a space that was designed around the latest research in effective teaching and learning.

The room contains state-of-the-art technology - wireless computer access, a screen and projector, a DVD player and cameras - all controlled wirelessly through a tablet PC. The furniture is set up for easy reconfiguration so students can work independently or collaboratively depending on the nature of the task. The Monadnock Room is also available for use by community groups.

President Hagerty said while the completion of Petrocelli Hall marks a significant step forward for Franklin Pierce, during construction, the University found a unique opportunity to honor tradition and preserve the past.

White HousePetrocelli Hall replaced the White House, a colonial-era farmhouse that served as classroom and office space on campus until its age and structural issues restricted its use. In the process of dismantling the White House, workers were able to preserve a number of the timber frames for potential future construction or display.

The building also yielded an unexpected find - a child's leather shoe hidden in a corner of the building between the wall and floor.

It was a New England folk custom to conceal a child's shoe in the southeast corner of a home during its construction for good luck, according to Dr. John Harris, Director of Franklin Pierce's Monadnock Institute for Nature, Place and Culture.

Child's Historic ShoeTo honor this tradition and pay respect to the original owners of the White House, Captain Joshua and Mary Walker, the shoe was presented to the Petrocellis who placed it in a case in the southeast corner of Petrocelli Hall for permanent display.






Prowess with ancient weapon earns recognition for anthropology students

October 16, 2008

Atlatl TeamRINDGE, NH - The art of throwing with the atlatl - an ancient spear-tossing tool that preceded the bow and arrow - is being preserved and promoted by a group of students at Franklin Pierce University. The University is home to one of the few college atlatl teams in the nation, and students who can wield the weapon and describe its history are increasingly sought for demonstrations.

Atlatl Team members, who represent the University's Anthropology Club, recently showcased their marksmanship and explained the instrument's important place in early human survival at the American Institute of Archaeology's Boston Archaeology Fair at the Museum of Science. This was the second year that the club was invited to the event.

Students created an atlatl (pronounced at-LATT-el) exhibit and demonstrated atlatl throwing in the museum's theater, with spear points replaced with rubber stoppers for safety. Their audience included archaeologists, groups of school children and the general public.

"It was an amazing opportunity to educate people about an ancient weapon that virtually every society used on every continent," said Celine Rainville, a senior anthropology major from Highgate, Vermont. "People had never even seen the word ‘atlatl' and were not familiar with the instrument. As anthropologists and archaeologists, it's our job to get people interested in ancient cultures, so this was a great chance to spread the word."

The Franklin Pierce Anthropology Club has also appeared by special invitation at the American Institute of Archaeology fair in Chicago, and was recently invited to appear at the next AIA Fair in Philadelphia in January.

Celine attended the Chicago event in 2008 with the club. She said the conference confirmed that her academic major had relevance. "We were among a very small number of undergraduates at an event that attracted professionals, Ph.D.s and graduate students from across North America," she said.

The University's atlatl team also competes - and has earned awards and medals - in regional competitions in the Northeast, said Dr. Robert Goody, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce. "I am not aware of any other nearby colleges or universities that have an organized atlatl team," said Goodby. He added that classroom teaching and field work have been enhanced by his students' interest in the 25,000-year-old hunting tool, which throws a 6-foot-long dart up to 100 yards.

Read more about the Anthropology Major at Franklin Pierce University.




Fitzwater Center hosts New Hampshire Congressional Debates

October 8, 2008

Debate IconMANCHESTER, NH - The Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University will host a pair of key congressional debates that will help shape the race for New Hampshire's 1st and 2nd Congressional Districts. The event is co-sponsored by the University's Fitzwater Center, New Hampshire Public Television, New Hampshire Public Radio, New England Cable News and

"In a vitally important political season, this is another opportunity for our students to gain valuable media experience alongside seasoned professionals, and to participate in the robust dialog that is essential to a healthy democracy," said Dr. Kristen Nevious, Director of the Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University.

Leading candidates for Congress in New Hampshire's 1st District, Democratic incumbent Carol Shea-Porter and Republican challenger Jeb Bradley, will square off at 8 p.m. on October 16. Front runners for New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District, Democratic incumbent Paul Hodes and Republican challenger Jennifer Horn, will debate at 8 p.m. on October 17. Both events will take place in the Fitzwater Center's satellite studio at Franklin Pierce University's Manchester Center, 670 North Commercial Street.

Laura Knoy from New Hampshire Public Radio will moderate the debates. Franklin Pierce journalists will film the event with New Hampshire Public Television and for the University's student media. Video clips and post-debate analysis will also be posted to and to the Fitzwater Center's branded YouTube channel,

Franklin Pierce journalists have enjoyed a front row seat to national politics beginning with their participation in the nationally-cited Franklin Pierce / WBZ-TV polls leading to New Hampshire's First-in-the-Nation Presidential Primary last January. Student journalists also traveled to Iowa and reported on the state's caucus. This summer, the University sent teams of reporters to the Democratic and Republican national conventions. They filed stories for student media as well as for the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper and WMUR-TV.

"In each of these settings, our students have shown their technical proficiency, sound news judgment, and the ability to intelligently and creatively handle the unexpected challenges associated with the news business," Dr. Nevious said. "We are proud that mainstream news outlets are using our products and our students continue to build professional contacts in the industry."




Humanities Oktoberfest features monthlong series of events, speakers

October 1, 2008

Oktoberfest IllustrationRINDGE, NH - A diverse series of events featuring a banned book "read out," lively Socratic dialog and a talk by one of the nation's foremost civil rights leaders begins this week and continues through the month as Franklin Pierce University celebrates Humanities Oktoberfest.

The annual academic series is sponsored by the University's Humanities Division and focuses on a broad range of programs and topics to engage Franklin Pierce students, faculty and residents of the Monadnock Region. Subjects range from immigration and the American Dream, to Latino / Latina literature, "green" design for environmental sustainability, and more.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Franklin Pierce University Humanities Division at 603-899-4014.

Socrates Café, What is an Adult?
Wednesday, October 1, 7:30-9pm, Alumni Lounge in Peterson Hall
Think outside the classroom with students, faculty and staff. Socrates Café is a student-run gathering of people who like to explore philosophical ideas together in a casual setting. Coffee, cider, snacks and surprising thoughts are served.

Jumpstart Read for the Record with Corduroy
Thursday, October 2, 12-12:30pm, Pierce Hall in the Campus Center
Join faculty, staff and students as they join Jumpstart's Read for the Record and call attention to the importance of early childhood literacy. Relive your childhood and listen to a group reading of the children's book Corduroy.

Banned and Challenged Books Read Out
Friday, October 3, 2008, 12-3pm, Library Quad
Join faculty, staff and students as they read selections from books that have been banned or challenged, and call attention to issues of censorship. By reading a selection from a banned or challenged book, we symbolically free it from censorship.

Jess EppsValakis Lecture Series in conjunction with the Franklin Pierce University Teach-In: Jesse Epps, Student Activism in the 1960s and Student Activism Today
Wednesday, October 8, 2008, 7pm, Pierce Hall in the Campus Center
Join longtime labor activist and civil rights advocate Jesse Epps as he discusses student activism today and in the 1960s. Mr. Epps, a contemporary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was responsible for bringing Dr. King to Memphis, Tennessee in 1968 to rally on behalf of striking sanitation workers. He was one of the last individuals to be with Dr. King before he was assassinated.

Humanities Lecture Series: Dorthea Sartain, Why Archives Matter
Friday, October 10, 12;30-2pm, Fitzwater Lecture Room 101
Join Dorthea Sartain, Curator of Research Collections at The Explorers Club in New York, for a lecture and discussion on the relationship between archives, archivists and society. She will talk about why we have archives, what they do, and where they are going, as well as providing information about how to become an archivist drawn from her own experience.

Latino/Latina American Literature Read-In
Monday, October 20, 12:30-2pm, Pierce Hall Atrium in the Campus Center
Join students, faculty and staff as they present a read-in celebrating the work of a variety of Latino/Latina authors. Bring your own favorite to read aloud to the group or choose from selections on hand.

Socrates Café, topic to be announced
Wednesday, October 22, 7:30-9pm, Alumni Lounge in Peterson Hall
Think outside the classroom with students, faculty and staff. Socrates Café is a student-run gathering of people who like to explore philosophical ideas together in a casual setting. Coffee, cider, snacks and surprising thoughts are served.

New England Center for Civic Life American Dream Panel Presentation
Monday, October 27, 7-8:30pm, Pierce Hall in the Campus Center
Join us for a presentation by a panel of recent immigrants to the United States on the American Dream.

The Monadnock Institute Fall Symposium: Dreaming Green: Energy, Architecture, Land & the Future of Franklin Pierce
Friday, November 7, 10am-4pm, Pierce Hall in the Campus Center
Join faculty, staff and students for a day-long focus on green design. Presentations by wood and wind alternative energy companies, a hands-on green building charrette, student panel discussions on future priorities, and an address by Jim Merkel, author of Radical Simplicity and Sustainability Coordinator at Dartmouth. Sponsored by the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture.



Franklin Pierce Professors Honored by National Science Education Organization

August 7, 2008

Fred RogersRINDGE, NH -- Franklin Pierce University Professors Frederick Rogers and Frank Hubacz have been elected SENCER Leadership Fellows for 2008-09 by the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE). Rogers is associate professor of geology and Hubacz is professor of chemistry. They are two of 76 fellows chosen from a field of 1,300 eligible faculty members and academic leaders.

NCSCE is a research center affiliated with the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg, Pa. SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) is the signature program of the Center. It stimulates student engagement in science and mathematics through courses and programs that focus on real world problems.

SENCER Leadership Fellows are educators who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and commitment to the improvement of science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Rogers and Hubacz are being honored for their work in redesigning the integrated science course sequence at Franklin Pierce.

Frank Hubacz"The course sequence is now organized around complex and unsolved civic questions that engage student interest and lead to deeper learning," said David Ferguson, chair of NCSCE's board. "Fred and Frank have approached this re-design work as scientists, that is, they have been very attentive to feedback, whether from formal assessments or just plain careful observation. The results are encouraging and suggest that substantial and positive curricular change can be accomplished on a ‘fast track.'"

As SENCER Leadership Fellows, Rogers and Hubacz will serve an 18-month term and will consult with colleagues at Franklin Pierce who wish to re-design their courses, work to expand regional activities, bring greater attention to the SENCER approach at meetings of national organizations dedicated to improving science teaching and pursue new collaborations. In particular, they will work with the Will Steger Foundation, a national foundation dedicated to creating programs to support environmental education and policy. Rogers and Hubacz will work on a series of print and electronic educational materials focusing on the profound changes in the earth's oceans and atmosphere. The materials will be used nationally to improve the teaching of introductory undergraduate science courses. 


Franklin Pierce Students to Cover National Political Conventions

August 7, 2008

Press PassRINDGE, NH -- Franklin Pierce University students will be among the literally thousands of news media covering the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Co., from August 25-28 and the Republican National Convention from September 1-4 in Minneapolis, Minn. The University's Fitzwater Center for Communication received credentialing as a media organization recently.

Dr. Kristen Nevious, director of the Center, will accompany the students to both conventions. Paul Bush, assistant professor of mass communications, will join the group in Denver.

The Fitzwater Center started the credentialing process in February, after the Franklin Pierce students' success in covering the New Hampshire primaries, Nevious explains. It included filling out numerous forms, passing security clearances and submitting samples of the students' work.

"This seemed like a natural extension of our success in covering New Hampshire's First- in-the-Nation presidential primaries," Nevious says.

Franklin Pierce students were heavily involved in covering the events leading up the Presidential Primary on January 8. They participated in political polling and captured hundreds of hours of video and audio coverage of candidates as they followed them around the state. On the day of the Primary, they created a news headquarters in Manchester. They had already obtained press credentials and fanned into the streets, talking to candidates and citizens alike, and covered the winners' and losers' speeches to their supporters. Their work paid off with several news media using their reports including New Hampshire Public Television; WMUR-TV, New Hampshire's ABC affiliate; and YouTube.

"It was a spine-tingling moment," Nevious says, "when we clicked onto our WMUR/YouTube coverage and realized that students of Franklin Pierce University, in rural Rindge, New Hampshire, were being heard and seen around the world."

Franklin Pierce students who were instrumental in organizing the 2008 Primary coverage will take the lead for the national conventions. Some will remain on campus and coordinate the coverage the students send from the conventions while a team of about six students will go to each convention.

The reports from the students will be broadcast on Franklin Pierce's television station, will be available at and will be made available to other media outlets. New Hampshire Public Radio has already agreed to use reports from the students and New Hampshire Public Television will do a show on the students' experiences following the conventions.

"The Fitzwater Center is dedicated to fostering the robust debate that is essential to a healthy democracy," Nevious says. "It is arguable that no debate is more important to our country than that which surrounds the election of a president. We are excited and proud that Franklin Pierce students will have the opportunity to play a vital role in reporting on that debate."


 White House spokesperson Dana Perino receives 2008 Fitzwater Award

May 5, 2008

Dana Perino Press ConferenceRINDGE, NH - White House Press Secretary Dana Perino received the 2008 Marlin Fitzwater Award for Leadership in Public Communication from Franklin Pierce University on Monday, May 5, in ceremonies on the Rindge campus.

Perino was the fifth recipient of the award, which honors an individual who has made significant contributions to public discourse in the spirit of a healthy democracy. The award reflects the mission of the Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce: to educate leaders of conscience in public communication.

The award is named for Marlin Fitzwater, former press secretary to presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Fitzwater is a Franklin Pierce trustee and serves on the Fitzwater Center advisory board. He will make the formal presentation to Perino.

Franklin Pierce alum Marc P. Tieger and Michael O'Leary, teacher at ConVal High School in Peterborough, were also be honored at the event as well as Arikka Knights, a Franklin Pierce senior from Chester, Maine. Tieger is a 1969 graduate of the University and co-founder and president of the Tieger Realty Company in Jaffrey. O'Leary teaches English and philosophy at ConVal and advises the school newspaper.

Dana Perino currently serves as Assistant to the President and Press Secretary at the White House. As the primary spokesperson for the current administration, she responds to the questions of the White House Press Corps on a daily basis. In addition, she and the Counselor to the President formulate and implement White House communications strategy.

Perino previously served as the principal Deputy Press Secretary at the White House. Prior to joining the press office, Perino worked as Associate Director of Communications at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) where she provided strategic counsel on message development, media relations and public outreach for CEQ and its chairman.

Before coming to the White House, Perino participated in many aspects of the communications field, covering the
State Assembly of Illinois as a television journalist for WCIA-TV; working in the private sector in San Diego, including at the Porter Novelli Convergence Group; and serving as a press officer.

Perino received her master's in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois and her bachelor's in mass communications from the University of Southern Colorado. Born in Wyoming and raised in Colorado, Perino now resides in Washington, D.C., and is married to Peter McMahon.

Perino is the fifth recipient of the Fitzwater Award for Leadership in Public Communication. Other recipients include: Steve Scully, C-SPAN senior executive producer and political editor, 2007; Kenneth Walsh, White House correspondent for U.S. News & World Report; 2006; Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.), 2005; and Victoria Clark, Deputy Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, 2004.

University launches new web site

Image of new web siteApril 21, 2008

RINDGE, NH - Franklin Pierce University has launched its new public web site, designed to be the primary source of information for prospective students seeking admission to the undergraduate College at Rindge and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.

The site is visually aligned with the University's new graphic identity which was created when Franklin Pierce College achieved university status in 2007. "Becoming a university was an affirmation of our stature and impact in higher education, so it was important to provide a visual statement to our web visitors that we are a growing institution with a bold vision," said Dr. George J. Hagerty, President of Franklin Pierce University.

The visual templates and technical foundation for the web site were created by Radwell Communication by Design of Northampton, Mass. and Titanium, also of Northampton, Mass. The Office of Marketing and Communications at Franklin Pierce developed the content in conjunction with the the University's Information Technology Department. The site is hosted by pair Networks, a certified carbon-neutral hosting service.

"Environmentally-responsible web hosting is important to Franklin Pierce, especially since we have pledged to become carbon-neutral and our students and faculty have undertaken a number of recycling measures and initiatives to reduce energy consumption," said University Communications Director Brian Stuart.

Stuart said the University considers the new web site to be "phase one" of an evolving web presence that will grow to include additional multimedia clips, student voices and interactivity. "A web site is not a once-for-all delivered product, but rather a process," Stuart said. "We believe that we have takena positive first step with a clean, clear site. We will now turn our attention to enhancing and updating the site so it reflects the richness and full benefits of a Franklin Pierce education."

Franklin Pierce University is a small, private, regionally-accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. The institutional mission focuses on preparing citizens and leaders of conscience for a new century who make significant contributions to their professions and communities whether their aspirations are global or local.

The University serves 1,700 undergraduate students from 30 states and 15 countries at its residential College at Rindge. Approximately 1,500 adult students are served through the College of Graduate and Professional Studies which operates centers across New Hampshire and in Goodyear, Arizona.


April 10, 2008

SIFE trophyRINDGE, NH - This year's Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team won first place honors at the SIFE regional competition in Warwick, Rhode Island. The team shared first place honors with another New Hampshire institution, St. Anselm College.

The achievement marked the fourth regional championship won by Franklin Pierce students in eight years of competition, and earned the team a trip to competeat the National Championship in Chicago.

Founded in 1975 and active on more than 1,400 college and university campuses worldwide, SIFE is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with business and higher education to give students tools to learn the free enterprise system in real working situations that benefit communities.

This year's SIFE team at Franklin Pierce University completed 15 community and business-based projects throughout the Monadnock region and internationally.

Three years ago, the Franklin Pierce SIFE team earned a trip to the national finals in Kansas City where students were able to network with dozens of Fortune 500 executives who serve as judges. The team didn't win the national contest, but three students received job offers on the spot, two secured internships and others were able to schedule interviews.

Women's basketball team reaches Elite Eight

March 28, 2008

Ravens women's basketballKEARNEY, NEB. -Franklin Pierce University, ranked 18th in the final regular season USA Today / ESPN / WBCA Division II poll, made its debut at the NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Elite Eight against No. 9 University of Alaska Anchorage on March 26, hosted by the University of Nebraska-Kearney.

Though Franklin Pierce lost in overtime, the game marked the first time the women have reached the Division II Elite Eight in program history. The Ravens made it to Nebraska after they captured their first Northeast Regional championship by posting an 88-71 victory at top-seeded, No. 4-ranked, and previously unbeaten Holy Family University in Philadelphia.

This allowed Franklin Pierce to make its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in program history overall - and first since 1999. The Ravens also reached the NCAAs in 1992, '93, '94 and '98.

Among other accomplishments,

  • Franklin Pierce University sophomore Johannah Leedham (Ellesmere Port, England/Cheshire Academy (Conn.)) was named the State Farm Division II Women's Player of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches of America (WBCA).
  • The team earned a 3.41 cumulative GPA and included seven Dean's List students for the Fall 2007 semester.

Read more about Franklin Pierce University athletics.

March 3, 2008

University seeking to expand Doctor of Physical Therapy Program to Goodyear, Arizona

Physical Therapy StudentsThe Franklin Pierce University, College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is seeking accreditation for an expansion program at Goodyear, Arizona by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association.

The program will submit an Application for Approval of Substantive Change, which is the formal application required to expand the program to an additional site. Submission of this document does not assure that the program will be granted Accreditation status to the expansion site.

The DPT expansion program is part of the University's strategy to extend educational opportunities to more students in other parts of the country. In 2006, the mayor of Goodyear, Arizona invited higher education institutions around the country to consider establishing a campus in one of the nation's fastest growing regions. Franklin Pierce was selected as a finalist and the University is one of two schools that will be offering classes in Goodyear. Franklin Pierce's initial focus in Arizona will be on degree programs in health care and business.

For more information on the Doctor of Physical Therapy program click here.

For more information on the accreditation status of Franklin Pierce University's DPT expansion program in Goodyear, contact the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education of the American Physical Therapy Association at 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, by phone at 703-706-3245, or by e-mail at

If you would like to speak with a University representative regarding the DPT program in Goodyear, please contact Ann Greiner, PT, MS, at

January 25, 2008

Student reporters from Franklin Pierce University earn accolades for New Hampshire Primary reporting

MANCHESTER, NH - Franklin Pierce University students had the opportunity to participate in New Hampshire's First in the Nation Presidential Primary, serving as pundits, pollsters, podcasters, video technicians and as contributors to YouTube's political footage.

Student efforts were affirmed by the presidential candidates and their campaigns (who granted access and interviews), by the mainstream media (who treated student reporters and technicians as professional peers) and by web-based media including YouTube (whose political editor praised the video footage provided by the University and its fast turnaround time).

"I don't know of any other college or university across the state that had the number of reporters getting up close to the candidates, asking questions and generating the volume of coverage that we produced," said junior Steven Dodrill, who served as the Pierce Media Group's political reporter and director of Fitzwater Connections. Fitzwater Connections is the program at the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce that focuses on political coverage of the 2008 Presidential Campaign.

In the course of the past year, Franklin Pierce students tracked the political winds, participated in professional polling, and followed presidential hopefuls around the state. Students also engaged in robust debate - and asked tough questions - when candidates visited campus. The flurry of activity preceding the primary included capturing hundreds of hours of video and audio, crafting hundreds of words into stories, sending countless e-mails, and building solid relationships with campaign staff and local media.

On the day of the primary, students arranged space at Franklin Pierce University's Manchester Center to serve as news production headquarters. The set-up was complete with a video editing suite, a set for filming interviews, an assignment desk and a whiteboard where students scribbled furiously to record unfolding events and keep track of teams of reporters.

Under the leadership of Dr. Kristen Nevious, director of the Fitzwater Center, and utilizing the training they received through Fitzwater Center programs, they sought and obtained press credentials and fanned into the streets of Manchester and surrounding towns. The region had become the focal point for candidates and media from across the nation, and students had little trouble finding candidates and analysts to interview. Their hard work paid off in several significant accomplishments.

  • Franklin Pierce student media were selected by New Hampshire Public Television to provide video footage of the Dennis Kucinich, Bill Richardson and Rudolph Giuliani campaigns on Primary Night.
  • Franklin Pierce student reporters and videographers were selected by WMUR-TV, New Hampshire's ABC affiliate, to provide video news clips for the television station's YouTube page. WMUR staff members even handed out free "flip cam" handheld video recorders so students could capture more video.
  • The Pierce Media Group's Political Reporter and Fitzwater Connections Director Steven Dodrill was featured in the Boston Herald along with George Stephanopoulos, chief Washington correspondent for ABC News, and Dan Rather.
  • Franklin Pierce students participated in pre-primary polling for the University's polling partnership with WBZ-TV in Boston. The final poll preceding the primary was the most accurate poll among a handful of major voter surveys by well-known national pollsters. The Franklin Pierce / WBZ-TV poll accurately predicted the close finish between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and again was within the margin of error in forecasting John McCain's spread of victory over Mitt Romney. The poll was quoted nationally.
  • The University's YouTube channel, containing footage of candidate interviews, was ranked in the Top 100 most viewed YouTube channels for most of Primary Day. The Franklin Pierce / Fitzwater Center YouTube channel topped out at #73 for a good portion of the afternoon.
  • YouTube's political editor was so impressed with the quantity, quality and fast uploading of students' work that he offered Franklin Pierce a position as a "branded partner" and content provider for the popular video portal site.

Dr. Nevious praised the students for their work and said she looked forward to working with them on continuing political coverage as the general election approaches. "The Fitzwater Center and the university couldn't be more proud of your contributions to the robust debate that is so essential to a healthy democracy," she said. "Our country's future is in good hands."

January15, 2008

Franklin Pierce Commits to becoming "climate neutral"

Campus wetlandsRINGDE, NH - Franklin Pierce University has pledged to sharply reduce all of the University's carbon emissions in a major effort to help combat global warming.

The pledge is part of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, which President George J. Hagerty signed, joining more than 400 leaders of other colleges and universities across the country. It is modeled on the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement, a compact started in 2005 that has been signed by 400 mayors.

Franklin Pierce has committed to creating a comprehensive university plan to move toward climate neutrality - to having no net greenhouse gas emissions. That means minimizing such emissions as much as possible and using carbon offsets or other measures to mitigate the remaining emissions.

"Global warming is a major challenge of our time," said President Hagerty. "It is a problem caused by human activities and one that can be solved by humans. By joining forces, colleges and universities can take a leading role on this important issue."

Specifically, Franklin Pierce and the other higher education institutions have pledged to create a comprehensive institutional action plan to move toward climate neutrality. President Hagerty has named Dr. Catherine Owen Koning, professor of environmental science, and Douglas Lear, Director of Facilities, to spearhead the institutional efforts. They will form a committee of faculty, students and staff to develop the climate action plan, which must be completed in two years.

In addition, in the short term, Franklin Pierce will take some immediate steps including: conducting an inventory of the University's greenhouse gas emissions, adopting an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy and participating in Recycle Mania, a friendly competition among university and college campuses to increase recycling and reduce waste.

As part of the commitment, Franklin Pierce also has agreed to integrate sustainability into the curriculum and to make its plan and periodic progress reports public.

Franklin Pierce has already taken several energy-saving steps, President Hagerty points out, including:


  • establishing a campus-wide recycling program,

  • replacing paper production with online alternatives whenever possible,

  • switching most lighting on campus from incandescent to fluorescent,

  • installing aerators in many faucets to reduce the amount of water flow,

  • maintaining more than 1000 acres of undeveloped land,

  • protecting 46 acres of land with a conservation easement,

  • building walkways to encourage walking on campus, and

• creating a campus master plan that brings all residential students onto the main campus, which reduces driving.


Other ideas that will be explored include adopting green building standards for all new construction, looking for alternative sources of power for heat and electricity, establishing a climate-friendly investment policy and more.

More information about the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment program can be found at The site includes the list of signatories; there are several other New Hampshire colleges or universities that are participating.

November 26, 2007

Franklin Pierce University explores campus village initiative

Senior housing and campus backgroundRINDGE, NH, November 26, 2007- Franklin Pierce University announced today that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Leewood Real Estate Group to explore the feasibility of creating a Campus Village Initiative to potentially include retail shops, new student housing and an active adult community.

The agreement signed today permits the University, Leewood and the Town of Rindge to move ahead in collaborating to ascertain the development potential and marketability of the projects. Leewood would be the exclusive developer, if one or more of the proposed projects were determined by the University and Town of Rindge to be feasible.

Both Franklin Pierce and Leewood said they are looking forward to working with Town's government, community leaders and residents to create a plan that maintains the rich character and traditions of the town, while serving everyone's needs.

"Franklin Pierce and Leewood both have made a commitment to involve the Town and its residents and keep everyone informed as plans move forward," said Rindge Town Administrator Carlotta Pini. "They already have demonstrated the sincerity of that commitment by reaching out to me and others in the community. This is an exciting opportunity with huge potential for our town and I am eager to see the process move forward."

Founded in 1967, Staten Island, New York-based Leewood Real Estate Group provides design, construction, marketing, land development, operational management and general contracting services. Leewood, over the past 40 years, has completed many community organization-based projects, with more planned for coming years.

"Among those developers who expressed interest in the project, Leewood demonstrated genuine out-of-the-box thinking and ideas," said Franklin Pierce University President Dr. George J. Hagerty. "The company's track record of forming a consensus with communities and government leaders to move projects forward is impressive, as is its four decades of success."

"Leewood Real Estate Group is extremely excited about working with Franklin Pierce University and the community of Rindge on these projects," said R. Randy Lee, founder and CEO of Leewood Real Estate Group. "We have a proven track record of long term relationships with many fine institutions. We want to work to meet a need in a way everyone will be proud of."

The exploratory phase of the Campus Village Initiative has three components.

  • One involves considering possibilities for creating a village center on campus property adjacent to Route 119, with the potential of retail, medical and office uses that the entire Town could utilize. An inn and conference center will also be considered. This Village Center concept could have wide-ranging benefits for the entire area. The vision for the village center will be a collaborative one with all of the stakeholders involved.
  • A second aspect of the project focuses on determining the feasibility of developing an active adult community on campus. Residents could have a unique opportunity to utilize a variety of the University's amenities, including athletic facilities, a dance studio, theatre, art facilities and a lakeside beach. They would also be afforded the chance to audit classes, making the development a true "live and learn" community.
  • The third facet involves considering opportunities for new on-campus student housing to replace existing housing with more spacious and modern accommodations and to provide some additional capacity.

    "These projects, if done right, can have enormous benefits for the Town and its residents as well as the University and its students," said President Hagerty. "If they cannot be done right, they won't be done at all. The character of Rindge is of paramount importance to us and we will work to preserve it while ensuring that residents and Town officials are involved throughout the process."

    The initial planning process is expected to take several months with an emphasis on gathering community input. A forum with students, faculty and staff will take place in January along with sessions involving Town residents. A June 2008 timeframe is anticipated for presenting a more detailed formal proposal. The final objective is to develop projects that serve the needs of every stakeholder in the Rindge community.

June 20, 2007

Anew academic building for a new university

Three generations of Petrocellis at groundbreaking.Franklin Pierce University broke ground for a new academic building that will house the arts, humanities and social science programs at the Rindge Campus.
The three-story, $4.5 million academic building will be called Attilio and Beverly Petrocelli Hall, to honor the major donors to the project. It will occupy a footprint of 8,000-square-feet and contain functional space of 23,000 square-feet at the Four Corners entrance to campus. Construction is scheduled to be completed for the fall of 2008.

Specifically, the brick building will contain classrooms, a computer lab, a digital photo lab and darkroom, print labs, and faculty and administrative offices. New classrooms will be wired for technology and arranged to foster collaborative learning and close engagement between students and faculty.

Construction of this new first-class learning space was made possible by a $1 million gift from Attilio F. and Beverly L. Petrocelli of Great Neck, NY. Both of the Petrocelli's daughters (Jill '91 and Melissa '89) attended Franklin Pierce and met their spouses there (Michael Lamoretti '90 and Michael Weinbaum '89).

"This is a family that is thoroughly acquainted with the special quality of a Franklin Pierce education," Dr. George J. Hagerty, president of Franklin Pierce University, said at a formal groundbreaking. The event was attended by three generations of the Petrocelli family who put on hard hats and turned a ceremonial spadeful of dirt.

The Petrocelli gift marks the single largest donation to Franklin Pierce by an alumni family. The Petrocellis stated their wish to make a significant investment in the institution that had such a positive impact on their children and sons-in-law. They explained that they wanted to make sure their grandchildren and others will continue to receive a superior education at Franklin Pierce.

"I sent two beautiful girls to this school here and this is where they met their husbands," Attilio Petrocelli said. "I want to see that future generation of Franklin Pierce students have access to the same excellent education that they received. I also know that a gift like this can make a significant difference at a small university. I know the returns on this investment in academic life at Franklin Pierce will be significant."

President Hagerty hosted the Petrocellis at a short reception following the groundbreaking. "In my conversations with this wonderful family," he said, "I heard many stories about faculty and staff who had a profound influence on their children during their formative years here. This gift is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and personal attention to students that we demonstrate daily in the course of our work. It will make a difference and we are extremely grateful."

May 15, 2007

The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce Hosts the Nation's Best and Brightest Young Journalists at the Second Annual Presidency and the Press: A Conference for High School Media

White House Insiders and First in the Nation Primary Reporters to Share Knowledge and Insight During Week of Events from Saturday, June 23 to Friday, June 29

William Douglas
William Douglas, White House Correspondent for the McClatchy newspaper group

RINDGE, NH - More than 30 young journalists from across the country will spend a week in New Hampshire immersed in the dynamics of presidential politics beginning on Saturday, June 23. A host of state and national experts will participate in the second annual The Presidency and the Press: A Conference for High School Media sponsored by The Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce College.

Some of the country's most engaged youth will learn about presidential politics, the media's role in election coverage and the relationship between candidates and the press. During a week of intense training and hands-on practice, student journalists will work alongside seasoned political reporters who have covered the First in the Nation Primary and past presidential elections as well as White House insiders and campaign strategists.

Participants include Marlin Fitzwater, press secretary to Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush; former White House photographer David Valdez; William Douglas, White House correspondent for McClatchy newspapers such as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Miami Herald; and Curt Smith, former presidential speechwriter and presidential rhetoric scholar at the University of Rochester.

Veteran New Hampshire journalists who will share their knowledge and decades of experience covering the First in the Nation Primary include David Tirrell-Wysocki, broadcast editor and general assignment reporter for the Associated Press and Executive Director of the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communication; Scott Spradling, political reporter for WMUR-TV; Joseph McQuaid, publisher of the New Hampshire Union Leader; James Pindell political reporter and blogger for the Boston Globe.

Republican strategist and advisor for the Romney for president campaign Tom Rath and New Hampshire director for the Obama for President campaign Mike Rodriguez will also participate. Judy Reardon, former staffer for Governor Jeanne Shaheen and political strategist for the Kerry campaign and Mike Dennehy, Republican strategist and John McCain's national political director will also lend their expertise.

The program runs from Saturday, June 23 through Friday, June 29 at the Fitzwater Center on Franklin Pierce College's Rindge campus and includes trips to the college's Manchester campus, the State House, WMUR-TV and the Union Leader newsrooms.

The Presidency and the Press is designed to prepare and immerse young people in the 2008 presidential election. Throughout the week, students will conduct interviews, write stories and produce news packages - all involving state and national media and political representatives.

"An important part of our mission involves educating leaders of conscience in public communication," said Dr. George J. Hagerty, president of Franklin Pierce College. "The young people participating in this conference represent the best and brightest of the next generation of journalists. The Presidency and the Press represents our commitment to engage candidates and the electorate in the robust and open debate that is essential to healthy a democracy."

New Hampshire students from Barrington, Concord, Hooksett, Manchester, Merrimack, Milton, Rindge and Rochester will participate in the conference along with students from: Illinois, Maryland, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

"The goal of this conference is to thoroughly train and engage these students in the presidential election process so that when they return to their high schools, they will inform and motivate their peers to get involved and participate in the democratic process," said Dr. Kristen Nevious, Director of the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication. "We expect this experience will spill over into their college years and beyond."

Also participating will be eight students and a faculty member from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Franklin Pierce University
and Wartburg College have collaborated to take advantage of both states' first-in-the-nation status. The two colleges are participating in student and faculty exchanges, a speaker series and joint programming related to 2008 presidential election.

Highlights of the week include a briefing Monday, June 25th on Primary Strategy from the Media and Campaign Perspectives with Joseph McQuaid from the Union Leader, Jeff Barlett, general manager of WMUR-TV, Mike Dennehy and Judy Reardon. That same day, students will also visit various Presidential campaign headquarters in Manchester. On Tuesday, June 26th, the students are scheduled to meet with Governor John Lynch on the Granite State's role in presidential politics. Later that afternoon, Curt Smith speaks to the students on campaign rhetoric and how to decipher factual stories from fiction on the campaign trail. On Wednesday, June 27th, Marlin Fitzwater will speak to the group on the inside of the White House Briefing Room.

Other highlights will include a master class in photojournalism conducted by David Valdez and a session on political cartooning with Lori Fischer, curator of the New Hampshire Political Library.

To ensure that students receive a comprehensive view from the Granite State, Franklin Pierce University is partnering with several key organizations for the conference. They include the Nackey S. Loeb School for Communications and the New Hampshire Political Library.

For a daily schedule of activities and a list of participants please go to or contact Brian Stuart, Director of Marketing and Communications at 603-899-4221 or

June 3. 2007

Student media cover presidential debates

Steven DodrillA team of students from Franklin Pierce and the college's Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication will work alongside some of the nation's top journalists to cover the New Hampshire presidential debates this week.

Steve Dodrill, Eric Jackman, Justin Martell and Graduate Assistant Frank Blais will report from the Democratic Debate on Sunday, June 3, and from the Republican Debate on Tuesday, June 5. They will conduct candidate interviews and behind-the-scenes coverage as the nation and world watch to see who could be the front runner in the NH Presidential Primary.

"This is going to be a great opportunity to get our name out there and to use the skills that we have learned in political reporting," said Steven Dodrill, a junior from Hanson, MA and a Fitzwater Connections Fellow. "My staff and I will produce vodcasts, slideshows, podcasts and articles. And we are working on having a live blog to be published at - all to help our viewers, readers, and listeners better understand the candidates' views and to engage them in the political process."

The team is prepared to ask the presidential candidates about issues that are most important to young Americans with a goal of learning more about them and their campaign.

The debates will be shown live nationally and throughout New Hampshire on television and streaming internet video by the major networks. The Pierce Media Group will work from the filing center at the Sullivan Arena in Manchester. Student reporters will post to Pierce Arrow News Online following the debates, and material will be forwarded to Franklin Pierce's online news site The Exchange.

WMUR-TV of New Hampshire, CNN Worldwide, and the New Hampshire Union Leader will host the debates in partnership with St. Anselm College. Credentialed media will convene in Manchester for the debates which are expected to draw a large audience. CNN's Wolf Blitzer will moderate the debates with questions coming from WMUR's Scott Spradling and the Union Leader's Tom Fahey. WMUR's Jennifer Vaughn will moderate questions from the audience.

"We hope that this will help us to be known on a national or international scale as the proxy between voters and the candidates, ultimately connecting those candidates with the voters," Dodrill said. "It means so much to every student, journalist, photographer, camera operator, and podcaster to be involved with the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication, the Fitzwater Connections program, and the Presidential Election process. It is the experience of a lifetime."

The Fitzwater Connection program was created to "connect" voters of the Granite State, the Monadnock Region and the Franklin Pierce Community with the candidates.

May 17, 2007

Franklin Pierce to offer nursing program

Judy EvansFranklin Pierce University is proud to launch a new Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing program for Fall 2007, designed for practicing nurses. This new program offers a meaningful course of study that will enhance nursing careers, prepare practicing nurses to assume new professional roles, develop leadership skills, and enable nurses with associate's degrees to continue their studies in a graduate program.

Courses will begin in September, 2007 at the Concord and Portsmouth campuses. However, students can begin the program by enrolling in general education courses at any time and at any of the College's Graduate and Professional Studies campuses in Portsmouth, Concord, Lebanon, Keene and Manchester, as well as on-line.

"Starting with Franklin Pierce's required general education courses is a good way to begin the program," said Judith A. Evans, EdD, RN, the College's director of nursing programs.

Dr. Evans has practiced in a variety of nursing roles, including clinical practice, staff development, hospital administration and nursing academics. She most recently worked with the New Hampshire Nursing Workforce Center to propose solutions to the current and future nursing shortage. She was honored by the New Hampshire Nursing Association as the 2005 Nurse of the Year

"In the new BSN program, a student's program of study will be individually designed based on his or her previous education experiences," Dr. Evans said. "I recommend that students make an appointment to meet with me or another faculty member prior to beginning their general education or nursing courses so that we can review their transcripts and discuss their specific education plans."

Program Highlights:

  • Program is designed for busy nurses who juggle many commitments, including family, work, and personal time
  • Courses are offered in 8-week terms
  • Nursing courses may be completed in as few as 7 terms (less than 15 months)
  • Field experiences are arranged individually for each student in collaboration with a faculty member
  • Nursing courses may be taken while students are completing general education courses
  • Supporting courses completed with a grade of C- or better in a student's Associate Degree program are transferred into the FP baccalaureate program
  • Nursing credits earned in a student's Associate Degree program with a grade of C- or better are transferred into FP without any testing
  • Challenge exam options are available in lieu of selected support courses
  • Some courses are available on-line or in "hybrid" format (part on-line, part class)

Course Information:

A total of 120 credits must be earned in order to qualify for graduation. Those credits include

  • General education requirements (such as English, History, Sciences, etc.). These are courses that are required for all Franklin Pierce students. Students must take at least 4 of the courses at FP, and they may transfer in some of these credits from another college if they earned a grade of C- or higher (for example, the English course that a student completed as part of his or her Associate Degree Nursing program may be transferred into FP as College Writing I).
  • Supporting courses for nursing (such as Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Sociology, Psychology, etc.). Students may transfer these courses into FP if they received a grade of C- or higher when they took them in their Associate Degree Nursing program, or they may earn credit for some courses by successfully completing challenge exams. They may decide to take them at one of the community college campuses before they apply to enter the program at FP.
  • Nursing credits earned in your Associate Degree Program. Nursing course credits are transferred into the baccalaureate program at FP as long the student earned a grade of C- or higher. The student must be a licensed nurse in order to transfer these courses into the baccalaureate nursing program FPC.
  • Upper division nursing courses. These are the baccalaureate nursing courses students will take at FP. The course topics include evidence based practice, community health, health promotion, leadership, health assessment and clinical decision making, and health policy. There are 7 required baccalaureate nursing courses (27 credits).

For more information, please call 603-228-2874

April 17, 2007

Initiative brings national media leaders to Franklin Pierce College

Editors of Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and Boston Globe
to discuss media, ethics and corporate responsibility


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CONCORD, NH (April 11, 2007) - The Initiative for Corporate Responsibility and Investor Protection will sponsor a program on April 20 at Franklin Pierce University
titled, "Media, Ethics and Corporate Responsibility" featuring Martin Baron, editor of The Boston Globe, Carol Loomis, editor-at-large of Fortune magazine, and Paul Steiger, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. Myron Kandel, who previously served 25 years as the founding financial editor and economic commentator on CNN is president of the Initiative and will serve as the program's moderator. The event is open to the public at no charge and will take place in Pierce Hall at 4:00 p.m. with a reception following.

The Initiative is a non partisan organization established by the New Hampshire Bureau of Securities Regulation. Its mission is to promote the highest nationwide standards of corporate responsibility and investor protection. Embracing Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis's notion that "sunlight is the best disinfectant," The Initiative is bringing prominent leaders in government, business, academe, the law, and the media to New Hampshire's college and university campuses for an on-going series of high-profile public forums.

"Franklin Pierce is proud to be a convener and host for this critical discussion," said Dr. George J. Hagerty, president of Franklin Pierce College. "The core of our mission involves helping students become leaders of conscience. We share the commitment of the Initiative for Corporate Responsibility to advance the public discussion on corporate integrity. I join fellow members of the Franklin Pierce community in looking forward to learning from a distinguished panel of journalists at the April 20 forum."

Franklin Pierce is a four-year, co-educational, nonsectarian college with its main campus in Rindge, NH. The curriculum includes traditional liberal arts academics, pre-professional study, teacher preparation programs and a nationally-recognized core curriculum, The Individual and Community. Franklin Pierce has on-line degree programs, plus five Graduate & Professional Studies Centers in Concord, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester and Portsmouth. Learn more at

To register for the event, or learn more about The Initiative's programs and activities, visit .

Editors and reporters: Photos of the panel participants are available by calling Kimberly Schuman at 603-277-5364 or Brian Stuart at 603-899-4221. Members of the press intending to cover the event are encouraged to RSVP to 603-227-5364.

April 12, 2007

Franklin Pierce Cites C-SPAN's Steve Scully for Fitzwater Honors

Steve ScullyMANCHESTER NH - C-SPAN's Senior Executive Producer and Political Editor, Steve Scully, will receive the 2007 Marlin Fitzwater Award for Leadership in Public Communication from Franklin Pierce University
on Friday, April 13, in 7 p.m. ceremonies at the college's Manchester campus.

Scully will receive the Award in the 4th annual presentation to honor an individual who has made significant contributions to public discourse in the spirit of a healthy democracy. The award reflects the mission and philosophy of the Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce, namely that robust debate and informed participation are necessary for effective government.

The award is named for Marlin Fitzwater, former press secretary to presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Fitzwater is a Franklin Pierce trustee and serves on the Fitzwater Center advisory board. He will make the formal presentation to Scully.

WMUR-TV9 news anchor Tom Griffith is this year's Master of Ceremonies. High school journalism teachers from across New Hampshire have been invited to join the families and supporters of award recipients at the event.

Scully will join a group of Fitzwater Award recipients who represent constructive contributions to national journalism and policymaking. They are: 2006 recipient Kenneth Walsh, U.S. News and World Report's White House correspondent for more than 20 years; 2005 recipient Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) and 2004 honoree Victoria Clark, Deputy Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs.

In addition to the presentation of the Fitzwater Award for Leadership, Fitzwater Medallions will be awarded to:

  • Franklin Pierce Alumnus David Schutzman '83 of Greenwich, CT
  • Franklin Pierce graduating senior Trent Spiner of New York, NY
  • Franklin Pierce graduating senior Matthew Leite of Lowell, MA
  • High school journalism teacher Nancie Stone of the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH

The Fitzwater Leadership Award honoree, Steve Scully, is President of the White House Correspondents' Association and has managed C-SPAN's campaign programming since 1990. In addition, he leads a team of field producers for White House and Supreme Court coverage and international programming. Scully hosts Washington Journal, a daily 3-hour morning public affairs program on C-SPAN. He also hosts and/or produces BOOK-TV's "In Depth," "Road to the White House" and "American Profile."

Since January 2003, Scully has taught media, politics and public policy issues via cable fiber line between his Washington DC base and the University of Denver, Pace University in New York City and George Mason University in Fairfax VA. This is the only college level course of its kind in the country, linking students to leaders in politics, journalism and business from the nation's capital. NBC's Brian Williams, Senator Hillary Clinton, former Senator Bob Dole and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have been guests for Scully's on-line academic program.

Scully's professional honors include being listed among cable television's 100 "heavy hitters" and as one of the media's most influential movers and shakers in political programming. His on-air work has been recognized with the cable industry's highest honor, the Golden Ace Award. In 2004, his political coverage for C-Span received a special Emmy for its "2004 Vote" program.

Scully has a B.A. from American University and a Master's in journalism from Northwestern University. Scully was born in Erie PA, the 14th child in a family of 16. Scully, his wife and three children live in Fairfax VA.

David Schutzman, Franklin Pierce Class of 1983, is the chief marketing officer for the strategy and operations management firm, Archstone Consulting in Stamford CT. Schutzman's 20 years in public relations and marketing include assignments with Deloitte Consulting and Cap Gemini/Ernst & Young. As a Franklin Pierce undergraduate, Schutzman received the President's Service Award as the senior displaying unparalleled excellence in academics, community involvement and service to the college. His extracurricular involvement included intramural sports, business club vice president, Jaycees, WFPR radio, baseball captain and cross country. In 1994, Schutzman was inducted into the Franklin Pierce Athletic Hall of Fame. He is a past supporter of the Connecticut Special Olympics. Schutzman and his wife, Cindy, a 1981 Franklin Pierce alumna, and their two children are Greenwich, CT residents.

Trent Spiner, a Franklin Pierce senior, is editor-in-chief of Pierce Arrow, the campus paper. As student media coordinator for "The Primary Connection" this spring, he has created a network of high school and college media outlets to maximize their effective coverage of the 2008 New Hampshire Primary Election. He is a certified firefighter for the Rindge, NH fire department and a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician. Spiner has completed internships with the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript of Peterborough NH and with the Edison Group in New York.

Matthew Leite, also a Franklin Pierce senior, designed his own academic major - sports broadcasting. At Franklin Pierce, Leite has been active as athlete, team manager, and sports broadcaster. He was on the air doing play-by-play for the Franklin Pierce Ravens teams in the NCAA Division II Final Four competition for both soccer and baseball. Leite has served as a volunteer in the college alumni relations department.

Nancie Stone has been the journalism instructor for Pinkerton Academy since 2001. Previously, Stone had 14 years of professional journalism experience at the Concord Monitor where she covered regional and city news. Her newsroom management experience includes positions as assistant city editor and business and features editor. As part-time faculty at the University of New Hampshire and New Hampshire Technical College, she taught publication composition. Stone has a bachelor's degree in English literature and master's degrees in teaching and in writing from the University of New Hampshire. In 2003, Stone completed the ASNE High School Journalism Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.

Franklin Pierce College's Manchester Campus is located in the city's historic Jefferson Mill at 670 North Commercial Street.